• Becca McCulloch

Review: Arlette's Story

Arlette’s Story

One woman’s struggle to fight back against the enemy in order to protect the ones she loves.

When Arlette Blaise sees a German plane fly over the family farm in 1940, she’s comforted by the fact that the occupying forces are far away in the north of the country. Surely the war will not reach her family in the idyllic French countryside near to the small town of Oradour-sur-Glane? But then Saul Epstein, a young Jewish man driven from his home by the Nazis, arrives at the farm and Arlette begins to realise that her peaceful existence might be gone for good …

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This book had a lot for this American to ponder on the 4th of July. As much as I didn't want it to, characters in my real life kept drawing unfortunate parallels with characters in the book. From my conservative family, dismissive of every warning flag waving over our nation - to my liberal family, rushing about declaring the sky is falling without taking time to consider the emotional welfare of those around them. Yes, this was a story that all Americans should read as we busy ourselves worrying and trying to ignore our red, white and blue sky.

No one gives away a city as if it were a bag of apples.

The prose is simple (and, at times, lacks voice) but the characters come to life well. I loved the way she presented the fears and indecision that surround a changing world. The emotions of each character were so beautifully real and palpably drawn.

The story is an easy read, perfect for waiting on fireworks and pondering the future of the world.

Author Bio –

Angela Barton was born in London and grew up in Nottingham. She is married with three grown up children. Passionate about writing both contemporary and historical fiction, Angela loves researching for her books and is an avid reader. Having signed publishing contracts for three of her completed novels with Ruby Fiction, Angela is excited to be working alongside such a friendly and supportive publishing team. She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and Nottingham Writers’ Studio.

Having recently moved to France, Angela (alongside her husband, Paul) is now a lavender farmer, creating products from the oil that’s distilled. Angela says she’s looking forward to spending more time writing in the company of her two spaniels while sitting on her veranda overlooking the breath-taking countryside of Charente.

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Blog – www.fontsandfiction.blogspot.co.uk

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